Published: Nov 16, 2010 4:18 PM EST
Updated: Nov 16, 2010 1:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - Outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart is calling on Democratic House leaders to bring the so-called Dream Act immigration bill to a vote during the lame duck session.

The Florida congressman and longtime immigration advocate urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday to schedule a vote on the legislation. The bill would create a path to citizenship for youth living in the country illegally who attend college or join the military. The proposal could be the last chance to help legalize any of the nation's illegal immigrants for some time. Incoming Republican majority leaders tasked with immigration favor an enforcement-only approach.

Diaz-Balart has repeatedly sponsored or co-sponsored the act since 2002.